Sleep: 3 Reasons It Is Vitally Important to Your Overall Health

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For decades, experts in the fields of medicine and psychology have been urging people to improve their sleep habits. Advice ranging from the importance of bedtime routines to the perfect amount of rest for your age group has been circulated for years. However, few individuals fully understand the influence our slumber habits have on our overall health. Amazingly, a recent study found drivers receiving less than the prescribed amount of rest were as bad as drunk drivers.

It seems like the busier our lives become, the more likely we are to forfeit the benefits of naps and a goodnight’s rest. Nevertheless, we here at the Texas Hill Country have scoured the internet to compile this list of three reasons you should make sure sleep is one of your top priorities.

1. Rest Plays an Important Role in Forming Memories

Sleep affects how well we make memories

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Remember back in your college days when you stayed up all night studying for that final exam? Or perhaps, more recently, you struggled to get comfortable and fell asleep long after your usual bedtime. It turns out those late night study sessions and sleepless nights may have done more harm than good.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, our brains actually do a lot of work while we are sleeping. When we are sleep deprived, our brain is unable to synthesize new information, making it difficult for us to remember things that might be important such as a new supervisor’s name or a bill’s due date.

2. Without Sleep, Your Heart Cannot Work Correctly

Heart Pulse Monitor

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The American Sleep Association estimates that in order to be fully rested,  adults require at least seven hours of rest. Unfortunately, the association reports that most adults slumber less than the recommended amount each night.

In 2016, the American Heart Association issued a statement addressing sleep deprivation and the effects it has on heart health. It showed that after only one night of insufficient rest, the blood pressure of overall healthy adults rose noticeably. Additionally, when at rest muscles, including the heart, are able to repair themselves. An interrupted sleep pattern deprives the cardiovascular system of this important “refresher” function, which in turn can lead to heart disease and stroke.

3. Lack of Sleep Can Lead to Weight Gain

weight gain attributed to lack of sleep

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In a report released in June of this year, CNN stated over 2 billion adults and children around the world are considered overweight or are experiencing health problems due to their weight. Though the article did not address lack of rest as a culprit in the obesity epidemic, it is plausible an increasing trend of sleep deprivation could be a contributing factor.

In fact, many studies have been conducted over the years regarding the obesity/lack of slumber correlation. Once the results of these studies were analyzed, they showed a higher body mass index in individuals who did not sleep enough versus those who got the recommended amount of rest each night.

While it is generally known that getting sufficient sleep is necessary to perform at your best, busy lifestyles tend to make it even more difficult to get the rest our bodies so desperately need. However, as this article showed, a good night’s rest is vitally important to ensure your mind and body are in tip-top shape.


Harvard Health Publishing 

National Heart,Lung, Blood Institue,